1 Dead, 3 Injured After “Intentional Detonation” at Office Building in Southern California *UPDATED* (VIDEO)
One person is dead and three others are injured after an explosion Tuesday at an office building in Aliso Viejo, California.
The FBI is investigating the explosion, however; they have not released any information on whether this was an act of terror.
KTLA 5 reported:
An explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo on Tuesday left one dead and three civilians injured and prompted the evacuation of nearby buildings, including a preschool, officials said.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. in the first floor of a two-story office building, Capt. Tony Bommarito with the Orange County Fire Authority said. The building is located at 11 Mareblu, OCFA tweeted.
Bommarito called the damages “severe,” with walls and windows blown out and debris landing onto the street and in the parking lot next door.
Authorities could not provide the status of the three individuals taken to the hospital but said they were being interviewed about the incident.
San Diego 7 reported the detonation was “intentional” however authorities did not elaborate with too many details.
The explosion at an Aliso Viejo medical building was an “intentional detonation,” and the explosive device was delivered to the building, addressed to a specific person, federal sources tell the NBC4 I-Team.
Witnesses described the scene as pure chaos. People were fleeing the building with burnt hair, burnt skin and screaming for help.
People are seen running across the street just moments after the explosion.
Update: The Los Angeles Times reported the identity of the woman who was killed by the explosion:
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation, with assistance from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI, officials said.
On Wednesday, authorities identified the woman who was killed as Ildiko Krajnyak. The 48-year-old worked for three decades as an aesthetician, according to public records and her LinkedIn account.
Tuesday night, Orange County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dave Sawyer said that it was too early to determine whether the explosion was a bombing, and that investigators were interviewing those who were injured and had been taken to hospitals.
For much of the day Wednesday, TV news vans lined the curb of Drover Court in Trabuco Canyon, the neighborhood where the vicitm lived with her family.
“The family is in shock — total shock — and they’re trying to contact other family in Hungary,” said Tiffany, a neighbor who declined to give her last name. The victim had lived in the neighborhood for at least 12 years, along with her mother, her husband and her son, who is curerntly attending college.
“This poor family, no one is prepared for anything like this,” the neighbor said.
PHOTOS of inside the building after the explosion provided by NBCLA:
Massive impact. Pictures inside building hit by explosion in #AlisoViejo. NBC4’s Eric Leonard has learned this explosion appears intentional. More on NBC4 @NBCLA @VikkiNBCLA @HettyNBCLA @ChristineNBCLA pic.twitter.com/m0GU5JlkHH
— Rosa Ordaz (@RosaNBCLA) May 16, 2018
VIDEO: moments after the explosion:
about 60 seconds after initial exposion at 5 Mareblu Aliso Viejo
Posted by Raul Hernandez on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A nearby daycare was evacuated:
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) May 15, 2018
#OCSDPIO Confirmed explosion at 11 Mareblu in Aliso Viejo at approximately 1:10pm. One fatality, three injured transported to hospital. Cause of explosion is unknown at this time. Investigation ongoing. Unified Command with @OCFA_PIO pic.twitter.com/QKDFdLcGSl
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) May 15, 2018